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Origin Restaurant
Origin Restaurant

Origin Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.origintoronto.com
  • Phone: (416) 603-8009
  • Hours of Operation: Weekday Lunch 11:30am-3pm Brunch (Coming soon..) 11:30am-3pm Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Executive Chef: Claudio Aprile
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Special Events & Promotions: contact: events@origintoronto.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church Street
  • Public Transit: Subway: King
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Origin Restaurant
Welcome to Origin, Chef Claudio Aprile's highly anticipated new restaurant. Origin is located in the historic King East neighbourhood. Origin was born out of Chef Aprile's desire to create a spontaneous, high energy restaurant that serves ingredients at the height of their season.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Origin was by far the best restaurant I have ever been to. I loved being able to see the chef's at work and I thoroughly enjoyed every dish I ordered. Great ambience, food, and service. Will definitely come again!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "My second time in 5 days - with a different guest. That would say it all....i.e. Love the food --tapas style -- great to share and experience more than one plate. Friendly servers and very reasonably priced."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Had a delightful lunch with my guest -- loved the tapa menu -- we shared each dish and all were very good and fresh -- and perfect for a light light on the patio which we enjoyed on a beautiful sunny day. Highly recommend it. Service was also very good -- Servers were very attentive and very friendly."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "There were three of us and Origin's style fits sharing. It was the first time my friends dined there and they were impressed."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "For our last nite in Toronto, we were treated to a unique gastronomical event. We had read about this restaurant and were quite excited. We were not disappointed. The variety and uniqueness on the menu was only outdone by the complexity and multi-level flavors in the food. From the tuna salad, to the crispy fries, to the mozzarella and eggplant, and finally the chinois duck, every dish was incredible. This is a MUST GO TO restaurant. When we come back to Toronto, we will be back!!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My friend & I met at 6:30 pm and stayed until 10:30 pm without any hassle - we chatted long after the bill was paid and they kept refilling our wine glasses. Food was great. Surprised there were only 2 scallops for $22 but otherwise good value. Interesting food pairings. Fun to share. Helpful service."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Had a nice quick lunch here mid-week. They have some interesting tapas options if you are looking to try a few different things, although portion sizes can be a little generous for lunch. Had the fish tacos, they were solid. Good service, food appeared quickly (early lunch though so it wasnt busy yet) and appears to be a nice little patio to boot. Would def recommend for lunch, suitable for casual or business."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "our server promptly took our drink order and brought us our bottle of wine...and then we didn't see him for nearly an hour. Other tables got up and left. when our food finally did come, was good (not worth an hour and half wait). the patio was busy so i may try again on a quieter night. maybe."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food excellent, service was excellent. Our waiter James was very attentive and helpful. We were there for a birthday and everything was great. fortunately bc it's east of Yonge we were able to get a table as all the restaurants west of Yonge were booked. Have been there many times and it doesn't disappoint."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I had a great dinner here. There were so many excellent dishes to choose from. We ordered 5 different items and each one was amazing!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Terrible service. Not once did the waitress check up on us before, during, and after the meal. People seated after us were served before us."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I enjoyed the experience at Origin, food was outstanding, service was great. I would not hesitate to go back"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This is absolutely one of the favorite restaurants. Food is innovative and tastes are unique."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "As a major fan of Colborne Lane and the work of Claudio Aprile, I'm glad he continues some of his molecular gastronomy flair in this more casual restaurant setting. The food is excellent, including Mexican offerings and a delicious burger. Their meringue dessert is my current favorite dessert in the city. Decor and location are great. Unfortunately, service is very slow. For a restaurant that calls patrons to remind them of their seating time limit of 90 minutes, they should probably work harder on their end to provide timely service instead of putting the onus on the customer."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Origin is wonderful, there is an energy about the place that belies the ancient laundry building & dark interior. We have been a few times but this visit was the first time that we have felt rushed. We had several wait staff that didn't make eye contact, plates of food were served hurriedly and with only a garbled description and this was a shame... for us the whole point of tasting is not to rush, is to enjoy finding out what is on the plate. We had to ask for a copy of the menu to re-read the descriptions! The food was fabulous. Mostly we have been fortunate to have a table on the lounge side, we were happy to try the kitchen side and it was fun watching the kitchen. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Overall our lunch at Origins was a great experience. The food was delicious and unique. The timing was on par, and the service was great!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Service was terribly slow although our server was very nice. Friendly staff but they really need to pick up the pace. Ceviche and tuna salad were good. Oysters and mozzarella bar item were not. Fantastic patio for summer drinks. Probably wouldn't eat here again- would definitely recommend the patio."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I work uptown and my wife works downtown. When we meet for lunch downtown, we like to go somewhere special, where the menu isn't the same as the menus everywhere else. Origin fits the bill to a T! I always look forward to going there and I'm never disappointed."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Superb for couples, groups, foodies, anyone wanting to surprise their mouth with amazing flavours. A bigger allows for more dishes to be tried. Highly recommend! Must try the mozzarella with pine nuts and honey."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "my favorite place for brunch. love the fried rice, and the authentic soft pretzel"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I was there for brunch with 2 couples and a friend. We asked the waitress to split the bill by couple and she said it was impossible to do. I find that hard to believe in 2014. She said the computer is incapable for separating the bill. I think this is absurd. It really killed our dining experience as one person had to pay and we all had to calculate each couple's totals and pay the friend back money. For a fine dining restaurant I think they should have this ability as I am sure many customers would also ask the same. My friends were visiting from out of town and were appalled by this as they've never experienced this in all their travels throughout the world. I thought this was a "world class" restaurant. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I have been to this Origin location twice and received great service. On Saturday I brought out someone visiting from Australia, it was out last night in Toronto together and I was embarrassed with the service. When we asked to move inside from the patio because it was chilly they never checked on us again. We didn't get to order wine with our dinner and no one checked on us when we got out food. I'm shocked at the service we received. Origin is no longer my favourite restaurant and I will not recommend it to a friend. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Service was okay but wouldn't say it was an excellent service. My friend ordered the eggs benedict but i had to send it back since the poached egg was overcooked. My steak and eggs -- fries was a bit overcooked too - saving grace is at least i like crunchy fries. Overall, i wasn't that impressed with the food and service. Based on the reviews i read, i was expecting something better than what i experienced. Its ok but i had better food and service elsewhere. Would I recommend it? They can always try and see it for themselves. They might have a better experience than me. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This is our second time coming to Origin and I have to say, the experience this time around was not as good as last. We waited for a long time before someone came by to serve us. The appetizers took awhile to comes as well even though the restaurant at the point (Friday, around 6pm) was not that busy. The main dishes we had were quite salty - lobster and mussel spaghetti and the cornish hen. The appetizers were fine - devilled eggs, scallop ceviche and the tuna hand roll -- again, more on the salty side. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great food and service! I took my parents to Origin while they were visiting Toronto and we were able to find delicious food on the menu for all of us (we have varying levels of comfort in adventuring with food). Must-have dishes include the Bufala mozzarella with pear and the beef tenderloin. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Really great food... friendly but inattentive service... nice scene outdoors... music too loud inside for a comfortable conversation "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The foods, flavours, herbs & sauces combined really give your palate a wonderful experience! Excellent cheese options, dishes are perfect for sharing. A little out of my personal price range but delicious & perfect for a date or special dinner out with the girls!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Stood at the front door for 15 mins without any help. Finally, a server went to call the host. Only stayed ebcause we had a reso. I would have not waited if a reso was not made. Overall, the food and wine were delicious as usual. And it is a great menu for sharing"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great food, but he service was horrible! We waited 10-15min for someone to offer us a drink and the restaurant was not busy. The owner was presnt and did not even walk the restaurant, he was aloof and clearly disinterested in his patrons. It's unfortunate that the service was so terrible, we were lookign forward to eating at Origin. It may have been understandable if the restaurant wes busy, but it was 5:30pm and most of the tables were empty."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food was very tasty, but overpriced for the size and quality. Should've gone vegan, as that dish looked very appetizing. An almost empty room, but they wouldn't seat us away from the front door in a four-top, it was cool weather so it mattered enough to ask. Not sure why they wouldn't just slide a four into a two, if you know what I mean. Standard high prices for small plates that weren't really anything special. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Origin offers a wide selection of dishes from Asian to Spanish. The tapas style servings work best for a party of two. The quality of the dishes was consistently very good. Despite having a reservation a server attempted to seat us at the bar, but accommodated our request for a table, only after warning us it would be needed in two hours, which is always aggravating. We were done well before that time, but the restaurant was certainly not full. Although I have dined at Origin on many previous occasions, I happened to have been given a gift card which I was using. Our waiter 'reminded' me that our credit card charge would not be for the full amount and the tip option would not reflect the full cost of the meal. Also a little aggravating."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Each plate is a beautiful work of art! I applaud the chef and all the staff and everyone involved in making this dining experience so memorable for me. Origin is now my very favorite restaurant in downtown TO! All the best! Nadja"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Really great selection for brunch. The only thing I didn't like was being seated at the chef's table. Everything else was lovely."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food was delicious! Service was friendly and warm. Overall an excellent experience. I will be back to try the rest of the brunch menu."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "When Origin first opened, we were excited and amazed by the adventurous spirit and culinary skills of the chef & his staff. Every plate a masterpiece and every moment carefully attended to by the wait staff.. Fast forward a years and the restaurant, although good, is a far cry from what it use to be. One can't help but notice that most dish seems either soaked in sauce or rushed. Staff too seem either be too busy to clear plates or inept in the fundamentals of food service etiquette. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My wife and I went for a Friday night dinner with reservations for 7:30 pm. Upon checking in, we were offered either bar seats facing the kitchen or a regular table... we picked the regular table which was by the window facing King East with views of the Cathedral Church of St. James. Everything with the evening was great! Our server James was very attentive and the service in general was excellent as various servers help out through the evening. We tried five different dishes, all were fantastic. We had cocktails and a bottle of Spanish red wine and all were excellent! We left around 9:30 pm... looking forward to returning sometime soon! Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Very friendly staff and excellent food - the Bangkok beef salad was delicious. Shared the tostados to start and am wondering if Chef has gone back to the original recipe? If yes, thank you!!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "As always the food was fantastic. Unfortunately as always the service was poor. In her defense, she looked extremely weeded. In our defense as a customer, we suffered. This is the third time at the King Street location this has been the case. The food is so good we may give it one more chance. The manager handled the situation with class and a kind disposition. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "My asian handroll was chewy and I had to tug on it in my teeth. Not pretty when dining with a client!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We went to celebrate my Husband's birthday and their were 3 of us so we got to share several dishes that everyone absolutely loved. We even had our friend experience raw tuna and steak tartar for the first time and she loved them both. Every dish we tasted was an art form of design and the flavours just popped on our tongues."
    Dined on 5/12/2014